Long Haul Clients Often Enter Spain By Madrid or Barcelona to reach the Camino.
You may wish to pair your Camino journey with a short break in one of Spain's iconic cities. Barcelona and Madrid are connected to Santiago de Compostela by railway or by flights. There are many other cities to which you can fly or take a train, including Sevilla and Malaga in the south, or Bilbao and San Sebastian in the north.
As the capital of Spain, Madrid has a wealth of history, culture, art, entertainment and gastronomy. Bursting with exciting things to see and do, the culture-rich Spanish capital boasts a host of world-class museums, monuments, and shopping streets. Food lovers are spoilt for choice in Madrid with its thousands of restaurants and there's certainly no shortage of tapas bars.
The Mediterranean city of Barcelona is arguably Europe's most popular short break destination. Growing in popularity ever since it hosted the magnificent Olympic Games in 1992, Barcelona is well known for its warm welcome and as the home to some of the world's most outstanding architecture.
Taking a car from Madrid or Barcelona is also a great way to travel the Camino and discover the many detours or other highlights that walking pilgrims are not able to see. Check our driving tour of the Camino.
Are you thinking of walking the Camino de Santiago? Have a look at our Camino tours. We are specialist organiser of bespoke walks and tours on the Camino de Santiago and Spain. Contact us and we will be happy to create a personalised itinerary designed specifically around your needs and interests.
Take a tour of Madrid and Barcelona before or after your Camino
Whilst many visitors are familiar with the more famous sites of Madrid or Barcelona, both cities still have many secrets to share.
Madrid is a city that lends itself very well to exploration on foot - if you know where to go and what you're looking at. The very fabric of the city tells the story of Spain's influence on European and World History. We'll introduce you to places off the tourist map with our fascinating tours.
In Barcelona you can join the celebration of the city's traditional festivals or take in the panoramic view and experience its Mediterranean beauty with a gentle walk, cycle or horse riding trek in the nearby hill-side. We'll show you the city from a different angle, highlighting popular areas most visitors never discover.
Taking a car from Madrid or Barcelona is also a great way to travel the Camino and discover the many detours or remote highlights that walking pilgrims are not able to see. Check our driving tour of the Camino.
You can choose to take 3 days or 3 months out of your busy life to walk the Camino de Santiago
Although some people take 6 to 8 weeks to walk the Camino de Santiago in its entirety, most spend a week or two on the final section through Galicia.
You can tackle the full Camino as one complete journey, or break it up into smaller sections to be completed at your leisure.
Check our Camino de Santiago tours and contact us. As a specialist organiser of bespoke walks on the Camino, we will be happy to create a personalised itinerary designed specifically around your interests.
Madrid and Barcelona have a wealth of history, culture, art, and entertainment
Whilst many visitors are familiar with the most famous landmarks of Madrid or Barcelona, both cities still have many secrets to share. We'll introduce you to places off the tourist map with our fascinating tours.
In Madrid, our expert guide Steve Drake Jones will introduce you to some of the secret stories and wonders that you won't easily find listed in the guidebooks. From the classic visits to the Royal Palace or the Prado Art Museum, to the more obscure tours of the Civil War, the home of the Spanish Conquistadores at Trujillo, or the life and times of Goya, the great Spanish artist.
Barcelona is a city that lends itself very well to exploration on foot - if you know where to go and what you're looking at. Choose between touring the city's popular attractions, such as Las Ramblas, the harbour or La Sagrada Familia, or see the city and the surrounding natural parks from a different angle with our walking bicycle tours.
Spain's World Class Gastronomy and Wine
Whether in Madrid or Barcelona, or walking the Camino de Santiago, there will be plenty of opportunities for you to enjoy the delightful Spanish gastronomy and world-famous Spanish wines. If you are interested in a top culinary experience, we can take you for a Michelin Restaurant & Rioja Wine Tour of the Camino de Santiago.
Driving is also a great way to travel the Camino and discover the many detours or remote highlights that walking pilgrims are not able to see. Check also our driving tour of the Camino.
Walk the Camino de Santiago, Europe's most famous pilgrimage route
The Camino de Santiago has been walked by millions of pilgrims from many countries and walks of life for more than one thousand years. The entire route is brimming with culture, history and many sights to be seen.
Santiago de Compostela, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, boasts a magnificent old town worthy of one of Christianity's greatest holy cities.
We can arrange a guided tour of the city's extraordinary monuments, as well as a day excursion to Cape Finisterre in the Atlantic Coast, the final destination for many pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago.
Are you thinking of walking the Camino de Santiago? Check our Camino de Santiago tours and contact us. As a specialist organiser of bespoke walks on the Camino, we will be happy to create a personalised itinerary designed specifically around your interests.
From centrally-located hotels in Madrid and Barcelona... to delightful rural country houses set in beautiful surroundings along the Camino
Our hotels in Madrid and Barcelona are 3 and 4 starts, centrally located and within walking distance of the cities' greatest attractions.
Our accommodation providers in the Camino de Santiago are hand-picked and well known to us. Comfortable, small, family run establishments, your Camino accommodation will include a variety of family run traditional farmhouses, historic homes, and two and three star hotels. All rooms have en-suite facilities.
If your budget allows, we can suggest some superb accommodation upgrades, as we often work with the top-end establishments.
When walking the Camino de Santiago, we provide fully insured and secure luggage transfers. We will move your baggage from one accommodation to the next as you walk. This daily service is organised so that all you have to worry about is carrying a day sack with your essential items.
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We enjoyed our holiday very much - it was a wonderful experience. Something completely different! The organisation of the holiday was spot-on. You really couldn't have done a better job. The whole thing was perfectly tailored to our needs. It's hard to express in an e-mail how good it all was.
Anne Corrigan, UK, walking the Camino Frances
We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday and found the organisation excellent. We were also impressed by the friendliness and welcome we received everywhere. The information pack was useful and contained all the information we needed. So many, many thanks again for your kindness, efficiency and help in giving us such a good holiday.
Anne and Brian Harris, UK, walking the Camino Frances from Sarria to Santiago
We had an amazing time on the Camino... I would recommend this 6 day walk to anyone. All in all a memorable trip, and you guys did a great job in planning, arranging and organising it.